The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has named Edmonton in Canada as the host city for the ITU World Championships Grand Final in 2020.
The event will mark the third time Canada has hosted the World Championships with Edmonton having organised the race in 2001 and as recently as 2014.
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Edmonton has also been the site of nine ITU World Cup events, and has hosted a stop on the World Triathlon Series every year since organising the Grand Final two years ago.
“Edmonton has been a staple city on the ITU calendar for many years,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “The city provides unprecedented support to the event, while the local organising committee offers an exceptional experience for both elite and age grouper athletes. It will be a fantastic place to end the 2020 season after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Last year, Edmonton hosted a World Paratriathlon Event, which they will do again in 2017 as host of a stop on the World Paratriathlon Series.
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The ITU Triathlon World Championships were first held in Avignon, France in 1989 and were won by triathlon legends Mark Allen and Erin Baker.
In 2009, the championships were revamped, expanding the former single-day World Championship race into a multi-city global series, culminating with the ITU Triathlon World Championship Grand Final. Athletes earn points throughout the season and those who win the overall series are crowned the ITU Triathlon World Champions.
The 2017 ITU World Championships will be held at the Grand Final in Rotterdam, followed by Gold Coast in 2018 and Lausanne in 2019.
Official dates for the 2020 World Championships will be confirmed and announced imminently, say the ITU.